I've started a list of "bad" doctors since I've been having flare-ups. The list is up to 4 since Feb 2006. Add another one to the list. I went to an ENT specialist yesterday for my chronic throat and ear pain. Here's a recap. It was so AWFUL. I have a sore throat and severe ear pain. He said my throat was red and my tonsils were large but not infected (he didn't do a throat culture). Then he mentioned I had TMJ..yes, I know this...I've had it for years, my jaw pops but I haven't noticed that I've been grinding or clenching my jaw. He told me to take 9 advil a day for pain. Wow...I didn't know you could do that. Anyway, he brushed over my ear pain and then proceeded to lecture me on the other medications that my other doc is prescribing (Ambien to sleep). He said I probably had Post-Partum Depression (which I'm already taking Lexapro for). Basically, he ignored the problem...I was there for and talked down to me. He told me to come back if my throat hurts again (it hurts right now!!!) Then he walked out. His PA was still there and I started to cry. I told her I was already taking 4 Advil a day plus another anti-inflammatory (Mobic) and that I didn't think taking so much Advil was safe with the Mobic. She said "you're right, let me go ask him". She returned and said "Quit taking the Mobic". Well....how come he didn't notice the conflict in medications? It was on my paperwork! What if I didn't ask? So I go home and Google "TMJ" and it says "sometimes TMJ can be so severe that your ears feel like you have an ear infection." Did the dr mention that? no. I obviously have a severe case of TMJ and he gave me no other treatment suggestions. And if a DR thought his patient had PPD, why would you end the appt when they were crying? My husband called to speak with him because I was so upset. The dr told my husband that I should see a psychiatrist!! The dr said he was offended that that he was questioning him. My husband said "I don't care...you need to be aware of how your patients view how you treat them". I'm still very upset about it. And my ears are still killing me. It was a total waste of sick time from work, a long drive , and a co-pay. thanks for listening.